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Augmented Reality In 2013

Augmented Reality


I personally think that augmented reality (AR) will be the most useful piece of technology that emerges in 2013. It is a revolutionary idea which i think will change the world. A big statement but when you consider the possibilities of what AR can do it really does seem like the game is being taken to the next level. In late 2012 we saw Nokia pushing AR through its new Lumia range of Smartphone’s in particularly the Nokia City Lens app on the Nokia Lumia 920. In just a short space of time we then heard companies such as Google saying they are making goggle glasses a real-time AR interface in which both the digital world and the real world are fused together. It is rumored that we could see Google glasses at the end of 2013. In addition to this we have seen many new apps emerge such as Aurasma Layar which have all been endorsed by some pretty large companies be it for promoting movies or making magazines come to life. It is fair to say that AR in 2013 will go from strength to strength. The great thing about AR is the fact its universal it has use’s in all industries from the interactive IKEA catalog to finding places using Nokia Lens to reinventing how Teachers teach lessons AR is a truly universal piece of tech further more anyone any age can use it because most AR apps and software packages are pretty simple and easy to use which is a real +1.  In 2013 we will see AR fuse with the Real world it is fair to say the potential to AR can be incorporate in to just about everything. Another Key indicator into why i think AR will Take Off in 2013 is because not Only Have Nokia and Google Shown Great Interest In AR but also tech giants Microsoft and Apple. Another thing to take in to consideration is the rise of the Smartphone and tablet markets. Smartphone’s and Tablets have become ever more popular and its seems that AR has emerge in the right place at the right time as there has never been a bigger Smartphone user base it is therefore quite easy to say that the chances of AR thriving are pretty high. There is great hope that in 2013 the use of AR will help increase book sales.

By @jamese986

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Apple Unveils the IPad Mini

Apple Ipad mini

Apple just announced their 7.9-inch iPad mini and is now officially ready to enter the fight in the ultra portable tablet market.

The Ipad Mini comes in both black and white. The 7.9 inch screen with 4:3 aspect ratio gives the iPad mini a size advantage over its 7-inch competitors. The area measures 29.6 square inches to 21.9 on a 16:9 7-inch tablet. It has the same resolution as the original iPad & iPad 2, at 1,024 x 768.

The iPad mini has an A5 chip which is the equivalent of the current iPod touch. It has a front-facing FaceTime 720p camera, with 5-megapixel camera in back. It also includes Apple’s new Lightning connector, which first debuted on the iPhone 5. The Ipad Mini weighs in at 10.9 ounces, the iPad mini is less than half the weight of the full-size iPad. And is  just 0.28 of an inch thick.

The iPad mini pricing for the U.S. is

16 GB Wi-Fi only – $329

16 GB 4G LTE – $459

32GB Wi-Fi Only – $429

32GB 4G LTE – $559

64GB Wi-fi only -$529

64GB 4G LTE – $659

Pre-orders begin Oct. 26. Wi-Fi devices ship Nov. 2, and the cellular models will come about two weeks later. Also The popular smart cover is getting shrunk as well for the new iPad, with multiple colors offered, including blue, green, pink and black.

Apple – Ipad 4

Apple Ipad 4

Everyone expected today’s Apple event to be all about the iPad mini, but as it turned out Apple unveiled the fourth generation of its iPad iOS-running tablet which has surprised everyone.

The iPad 4 features a new A6X chip LTE for mobile versions and faster Wi-Fi This is the same chip that is in the new iPhone 5 and is supposed to be twice as fast as the iPad 3.

The iPad 4 has the same 10 hour battery as the now-obsolete iPad 3 the iPad 4 will sell for the same price as the ipad 3. Here are the U.S. pricing’s

16GB Wi-Fi – $499

16GB LTE- $629

32GB Wi-Fi – $599

32GB LTE – $729

64GB Wi-Fi – $699

64GB LTE – $829

Undoubtedly, this is a great device for new iPad owners (or iPad 2 owners) — but for iPad 3 owners, the feeling is a bit bittersweet. The iPad 2 will also stick around – it will retail, starting at $399 now. Shipping of the Apple iPad 4 Wi-Fi units starts on November 2, with the LTE-packing ones coming two weeks later.

 

Nokia – The return of the king

The Nokia Lumia 920 looks much like the Lumia 900, but comes with a bigger 4.5″ 720p PureMotionHD+ display, with curved glass on top of it. It is powered by the Snapdragon S4 chipset with a 1.5GHz dual-core Krait processor and Adreno 225 GPU.

Is this going to be the phone which fights back against android and the iPhone

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Hello iPhone 5

The most likely pic to be the iPhone5. Apple have announced they will be holding an event on the 12th of September. Look out for the iPhone 5 and iPad mini to be released on the 21st of September

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Windows Phone 8 Too Little Too Late !

windows phone 8 Too Little Too Late !

Just this week Microsoft have announced their new smartphone OS windows phone 8. being a windows phone owner i was bitterly disappointed as i will not be able to upgrade my lumia 800 from wp7.5 to 8 because none of the current devices running wp7.5 aka mango are compatible for the wp8 platform this has enraged many customers not only off Microsoft but nokia’s as well it would be fair to say that nokia’s windows phone are the most popular and most associated with the wp7.5 platform. it is very interesting that with alll this talk of Microsoft buying Nokia why Microsoft haven’t included Nokia’s flagship devices the lumia 800&900 is beyond most people and it appears to have sparked a fair bit of rage towards the two companies i personally I’m disappointed but i have heard stories of people extremely angered because they have bought their wp7.5 phones only weeks ago. i really have to sympathize with these people it simply not on. the only comfort current wp7.5 users get is the fact on june 27th we will get an upgrade to 7.8 but it is pretty much pointless its just a visual upgrade with a few mediocre extras to try and sweeten the deal however most people have seen through this and are not having any of it

More on the WP8 platform

its new features include the following compatibility fro games designed by havok big fish &zynga have already announced that draw free and words with friends will be definitely available on wp8 OS. the new OS is being embraced by Nokia Samsung and Huawei you may be wondering were is LG but they have announced that they are not going to focus on any windows phones in the near future but did say they will be working solely on android for the time being. on a more positive note the windows marketplace has reached 100,000 a pretty impressive achievement but just cause i know you want to know what the others have got its estimated android has 400,000 apps but the daddy is the apple istore with a massive 600,000 apps. Microsoft have said that WP8 has ” A State of the art Kernel which ensures Stability and Robustness” Microsoft also said that they will be “focusing on dual core processor’s integration first but in the future hope to have up to  64core compatibility” Microsoft have also promised that their devices will include removable storage in the form of micro sd format (not a particularly new concept). Microsoft also wanted to make the case that the new IE10 is 4x faster at processing javascript than previous versions WP8 will also feature support for the increasingly popular HTML5 script. the last 2 new features that WP8 boosts is NFC with a built in Wallet Microsoft are saying its better than googles take on the NFC wallet idea. the last feature is the main tile feature is being upgraded giving users the chance to fully customise their size colour and arrangement.